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Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame to Induct Rock n ’ Roll Songwriter Myles Goodwyn
In 2003 , acclaimed songwriter and April Wine frontman Myles Goodwyn received the ECMA Lifetime Achievement Award for his impact on the music industry of Atlantic Canada . Exactly 20 years later , he ’ ll return to the East Coast Music Awards to accept his latest distinction as the newest Inductee to the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame ( CSHF ). Considered by many as one of Canada ’ s greatest rock n ’ roll songwriters , the CSHF will celebrate Goodwyn ’ s catalogue of songs penned for April Wine , spanning more than five decades .
On May 4 , the CSHF will present Goodwyn with the award at the ECMAs in Halifax , NS ; and later this year , his name will be included in the permanent exhibit at the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Museum in the National Music Centre in Calgary , as the organization commemorates 25 years of celebrating Canada ’ s greatest songs and songwriters .
Goodwyn gave his final live performance with April Wine on March 2nd , 2023 , as the only remaining original member of the iconic rock group . He founded
April Wine in 1969 with long-time friend , Jim Henman , and Henman ’ s cousins David and Ritchie Henman in Nova Scotia . Less than a year later , the group moved to Montreal to sign a record deal with Aquarius Records and embarked on a “ Fast Train ” to success .
Their first album was released in 1971 , which included their first hit single Fast Train written by Goodwyn ; followed by penned classics like Roller , I Wouldn ’ t Want to Lose Your Love , and I Like to Rock . Their album “ The Whole World ’ s Goin ’ Crazy ” became the first Canadian album to sell over 100,000 copies .
Goodwyn ’ s songs ranged in styles from edgy rock to romantic ballads , from country to blues – and his subject matter was just as wide-ranging , encompassing piano classics such as Comin ’ Right Down on Top of Me , Like a Lover , Like a Song and I Wouldn ’ t Want to Lose Your Love , and the environmental song Lady Run , Lady Hide .
He also wasn ’ t afraid to tackle political topics in Some of These Children ( bringing awareness to unmarked residential school graves ), and 2022 ’ s “ For Ukraine ”, which was written in support of the citizens of war-torn Ukraine , garnering him the SIFA Award for Best Social Impact Music / Art 2022 .
April Wine disbanded in 1984 , after releasing 22 studio and two live albums . They re-banded in 1993 and resumed touring , once again selling out shows continent-wide . In March 2009 , April Wine was inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame and received the JUNO Lifetime Achievement Award . Goodwyn and April Wine were also inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2010 and have garnered two Félix Awards as well as several SOCAN Classic Awards .
Goodwyn will continue writing and producing for April Wine as the band continues to tour with his artistic involvement ; and his third blues recording will be released in the summer of 2023 .
SING ! A Cappella Music Festival Returns May 29 to June 4
SING ! The Toronto International Vocal Arts Festival marks its 12 th year with an array of inspiring live performances and industry insider workshops taking place from May 29 to June 4 . The full schedule , tickets and festival passes are available now at singtoronto . com .
Canada ’ s premier a cappella festival includes 28 concert performances incorporating musical styles from around the globe , from jazz to pop , barbershop to Broadway , and even spoken word .
The SING ! festival educates as well as entertains , with a series of live educational workshops and a free virtual music business summit .
Concert tickets range from $ 25 to $ 75 ; workshops are free to $ 20 . All-workshop passes are available for $ 50 and full festival passes are
NATURALLY SEVEN $ 150 . Half-price tickets are offered for students and arts workers . The full schedule is available at singtoronto . com / 2023-event-details .
Over the past 12 years , SING ! has built a following with a community of singers , a cappella enthusiasts , and music lovers from across Toronto and as far away as Europe , Asia and the Caribbean .
Since its launch in 2012 , SING ! has expanded to several SING ! partner festivals in Texas , as well as SING ! Edinburgh at Edinburgh Festival Fringe , SING ! Mexico , SING ! Edmonton , and coming in fall 2024 , SING ! Vancouver . SING ! The Toronto International Vocal Arts Festival has also been chosen as one of Ontario ’ s Top 100 Festivals and Events for nine consecutive years .